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    Infectious Disease

    After an early October swell, I developed a skin infection at the top of my knee. At first it seemed like a big pimple. The condition worsened markedly, spreading across the top and bottom of my knee, becoming increasingly swollen, painful, and eventually fever inducing.

    Reduced drinking and my remaining Nicaraguan antibiotics knocked it out over a couple of weeks. All systems go.

    Fast forward to last weekend, after surfing a lil' windswell, I woke up to red marks signaling the return of the infection (same spot). Luckily, this time it got better before it got much worse...

    Have you guys had any experiences with a wetsuit causing an infection? I'm guessing it's in the suit as it happened in the same spot. Should I just get a bottle of piss-off? The diver's forums recommend everything from lysol to bleach mixtures, but I know they are idiots, unlike you guys.

    Oh, feel free to discuss any other contracted infections here too.

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    I would def clean the suit.

    But I would also make sure it's not a more serious infection. They can later cause major auto immune issues.
    Get it checked out next flare up.

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    Surf herpes likely. F**kd any mermaids recently?

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    My son had that, it was a staph infection. Definitely don't use anything harsh on the wetsuit. I have a hard time believing its lingering in the suit. I would just turn it inside out and let it completely dry. Drying out will kill the bacteria. When my son had the staph it was like a puss filled blister. Once it healed the skin was really thin and would open up if he hit it again. It took months to fully heal.

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    yea, sounds like staph

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    how do you get staph from a wetsuit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandblasters View Post
    how do you get staph from a wetsuit?
    Staph is everywhere. You come into contact with it regularly, if not constantly. Weakened immune systems or wounds lead to it multiplying and causing an infection. MRSA, a nasty type of 'superbug' staph, causes more deaths annually than HIV/AIDS, and is mostly acquired in hospitals. Choose your hospital carefully, if you can.

    I believe that the staph has colonized the left knee of my wetsuit. I imagine that the structure of Neoprene makes it a veritable Petri dish, but I'm no microbiologist.
    Last edited by Slashdog; Nov 22, 2013 at 01:59 AM. Reason: Staph-addled, Delirium

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    staph is everywhere, its just that he has puny weak immune system and smothering the wound in a dark sweaty place for hours gives it a chance to grow

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    i also agree that it sounds like staph & would add that you need to get to a doctor asap. a MRSA infection in his knee directly led to my dad's knee replacement 18 months ago. you don't **** around w/ staph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njsurfer42 View Post
    i also agree that it sounds like staph & would add that you need to get to a doctor asap. a MRSA infection in his knee directly led to my dad's knee replacement 18 months ago. you don't **** around w/ staph.
    I almost did go to the doctor this week, for the first time in years. But then I woke up and it looked significantly better, and has every day since. From all the information I could gather, and by how it felt, it seemed like a skin-deep issue only.

    I know it might not be relevant, because he probably doesn't have a 'puny weak immune system' like me... but is there anything in your father's case that should make me consider otherwise?